The Nickname Game

A pet gets one name. Whether grabbing your pet’s attention or talking about your pet to someone else, one name is a very useful thing. But no one name could hope to encompass the personality of a pet. Enter the nickname!Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

“Penny” was the first name I gave her but it certainly wasn’t the last

I love nicknames. Unlike names given or bestowed, nicknames are discovered and stumbled upon.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

With a name like Penny, the first few nicknames were quite easy: Pen, Lucky Penny, Pretty Penny, Miss Moneypenny 

Along the way Penny picked up plenty of other nicknames.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

I used to read a book called Pinkalicious to my little cousin, so we now often call Penny, Pennylicious

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

And when my sister informed me there is a show called Penny Dreadful? Yeah, that nickname stuck immediately

It’s not just us who’ve nicknamed Penny either. Her antics at the beach earned her another nickname.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

“There goes the Pied Piper again,” a man laughed. Penny’s reputation as a rabble rouser is well known

What I love about nicknames is how predictably unpredictable they are. Who could have guessed we’d have a dentist in the house?

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

“Dr. Penny will see you now.”

My one regret with nicknames is that I will never know what nicknames pets give each other.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

Well, based on some of the incredulous looks Penny gets as she tears across the beach, maybe it’s best I don’t know those names

Nicknames are a story unto themselves, with new chapters constantly written. So what’s your pet’s nickname and what’s the story? I’ve no doubt you guys have some great ones.



Great nicknames Penny. Nellie’s nickname is turd, since Norman’s nickname was bung she had to be turd. Glory’s are beaner, glory b, gloryous one. Gambler wins out with many, G$, Gman, Giblet, Giebler. When he was a puppy on his first hunting trip in canada the lady who we rented the farm house from thought his name was giebler so it has stuck.

I have a few. I had lots when I was a pup – but some of those were rude! I’m often called The Hair Factory – usually when they’re picking up white tumbleweed indoors!

Penny Dreadful? Eish, man! 🙂 My cat, Savannah is called anything from pumpkin schmumkin to noonie pie (can’t believe I’m admitting this) and quite often, ‘fat cat’… but I’m the only one that can call her that otherwise I get terribly defensive and tell everyone that she is ‘chubby’ and not fat.

We have a yellow Labrador named Dobson. We got him when he was 8 weeks old. He was so wrinkly, we called him Mr. Rumples. He had so much loose skin as a puppy, he looked like a Little Old Man in a Sweater, which we also called him from time to time. He loves going on walks and barks all the way down the street until he finally settles down. That gave rise to Bob Barker, or just Bob. It’s funny to me that one of your other readers calls their dog Bob Barker, too.

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